On Sunday, April 2, Altrusa International of Ames invites you to enjoy some guilty pleasures while supporting good causes at the Steppin’ Out Style Show (SOSS)!


Altrusa’s seventh annual SOSS will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Road Church, 2400 Oakwood Rd., Ames. The 2017 event theme will be “Tea Party,” with each table centerpiece featuring a unique tea set provided by Altrusa members. Attendees can look forward to tempting finger food, decadent sweet treats, flavored coffees and, of course, tea.


“Who doesn’t love girl time!” says Susan Bartsch, Altrusa president. “So fun to get together with friends and family, and enjoy fashion and food — all while benefiting local nonprofits.”


Nicely rounding out the charming atmosphere and appetizers will be door prizes, raffle tickets and a silent auction. Models will hit the runway in the latest bling and spring fashions, thoughtfully provided by Christopher & Banks, Grey Elephant, Jax Mercantile Co., Moorman Clothiers, Pure Bridal and Très Teal. Also contributing greatly to the success of the event are the many businesses and individuals who donate merchandise to the silent auction.


“The style show is a wonderful opportunity for Altrusa International of Ames to showcase the passion our members have for partnership and service,” says Danielle Linder, SOSS co-chair with Alice Moore. “And connecting with local businesses and nonprofits to help impact the needs in our community is truly what makes our event so much fun!”


The SOSS is one of two successful fundraisers the organization hosts annually, along with its Holiday Home Tour, a beloved holiday tradition for almost 30 years. Proceeds from this year’s SOSS will support programs of the Volunteer Center of Story County, the Boys and Girls Club of Story County, ChildServe and The Arc of Story County.


Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available at Mary Kay’s Flowers & Garden Café and from any Altrusa member. For more information on SOSS, including an updated list of items available through the silent auction, visit the website at ames-altrusa.org often.


“The show evolves and changes every year, as do the styles that are on the runway,” Linder adds. “So whether this is your first time or if you have been a supporter in years past, we encourage you to join us!”


Altrusa International of Ames meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the YSS Jacobson Center, 420 Kellogg Ave. in Ames. For more about the organization, send an email to altrusaofames13@gmail.com or give them a “like” on Facebook.